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Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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6797

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    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
    19th-early 20th century

    height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

    Provenance

    Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

    6812

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      Rare Pair of Large, Igbo Woman’s Brass Anklets (Ogba)

      Igbo People, Nigeria
      19th century

      diameter: approximately 34.5cm, height: 11.9cm, combined weight: 2,990g (1,498g and 1,492g)

      Provenance

      private collection, Channel Islands, UK.

      4115

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        Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

        Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
        14th-15th century

        diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

        Provenance

        UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

        4474

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          Yoruba Cast Brass Opele Oracle Chain

          Yoruba People, Nigeria
          19th century

          circumference: approx.: 96cm, weight: 178g

          Provenance

          UK art market

          6247

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            Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

            Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
            19th century

            length: 60cm, weight: 216g

            Provenance

            private collection, London

            4225

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              Congo Cast-Brass Hairpins

              Congo, probably Kuba people.
              19th-20th century

              21cm & 16.8cm

              Provenance

              Private collection, London.

              6249

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                Naga Warrior’s Brass Neck Torque

                Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                18th-19th century

                width: 16.5cm, weight: 135g

                Provenance

                private collection, London.

                5722

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                  Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                  Zulu People, South Africa
                  circa 1940

                  diameter (each): 6.5cm, combined weight: 61g

                  Provenance

                  private collection, UK.

                  5937

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                    Pair of Dayak Solid Brass Pendant Ear Ornaments

                    Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                    early 20th century

                    lengths: 7.3cm, combined weights: 396g

                    Provenance

                    private collection, UK

                    5749

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                      Pair of Dayak Brass Humanoid Ear Pendants

                      Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                      early 20th century

                      lengths: 9cm, combined weight: 108g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      5724

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                        Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                        Zulu People, South Africa
                        circa 1940

                        diameters: 5.5cm, thickness: 0.8cm

                        Provenance

                        private collection, UK

                        5653

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                          Necklace of Manabi Terracotta Spindle Whorls

                          Pre-Colombian Manabi Culture, Ecuador
                          500BC-500AD

                          length: 68cm, weight: 104g

                          Provenance

                          Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a superb collection of ethnographica.

                          5742

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                            Pair of Gurunsi Bronze Bracelets

                            Gurunsi (Grunshi) People, northern Ghana & southern Burkina Faso
                            18th-19th century

                            width: 9.5cm, height: 9.3cm, combined weight: 684g

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            5973

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                              Maori Curved Nephrite Ear Ornament (Kapeu)

                              Maori People, New Zealand
                              early 20th century

                              length: 15.2cm, weight: 38.19g

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              4624

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                                Cast Brass Senufo Ring

                                Senufo People, Ivory Coast
                                19th or early 20th century

                                weight: 19.6g, ring size: 10.75 (US), V/V (UK)

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                4196

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                                  Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

                                  Mossi People, Burkina Faso
                                  19th century

                                  7.5-9cm

                                  Provenance

                                  Private collection, London.

                                  5940

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                                    Exceptional Pair of Igbo Man’s Cast Brass Wrist Guards or Cuff Bracelets

                                    Igbo People, South-central and South-eastern Nigeria
                                    probably 19th century

                                    heights: 17cm, diameters: 10.7cm, combined weights: 1,150g

                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    5449

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                                      Multiple-Strand Red Glass Bead Naga Necklace

                                      Naga People, India/Burma
                                      circa 1900

                                      total length (circumference as worn): 75cm

                                      Provenance

                                      UK art market; most likely, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

                                      4864

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                                        Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

                                        Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
                                        19th-20th century

                                        weight: 169g

                                        Provenance

                                        private collection, UK.

                                        4860

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                                          Yellow Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

                                          Andhra Pradesh, India
                                          19th century

                                          length: 84cm, weight: 280g

                                          Provenance

                                          UK private collection

                                          3507

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                                            Cast Copper Bwa Do Cult Anklet

                                            Bwa people, Burkino Faso
                                            19th century

                                            length: 20cm. width: 9.7cm, height with stand: 8cm

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            4259

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                                              Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

                                              Naga People, India/Burma
                                              19th century

                                              length (approx): 67cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 517g

                                              Provenance

                                              private collection, London.

                                              4046

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                                                Rare Cast Brass Necklace

                                                Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
                                                19th century

                                                length: 69cm, weight: 1,303g

                                                Provenance

                                                UK art market

                                                4047

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                                                  Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set

                                                  Kikuyu People, Kenya
                                                  early 20th century

                                                  diameter of each spiral : 8.8cm; length of headdress: 38cm, total weight: 325g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  3987

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                                                    Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

                                                    Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
                                                    18th-19th century

                                                    height: 6.2cm, width: 7.3cm, weight: 15.4g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    Dutch antique market; private Dutch collection; acquired previously in the Netherlands

                                                    4399

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                                                      Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace

                                                      Mizo People, Eastern India, or Naga People, Burma/India
                                                      circa 1900

                                                      length: 80cm, weight: 100g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      private collection, London.

                                                      4261

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                                                        Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                        Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                        18th-19th century

                                                        overall approximate widest diameter: 5cm, weight: 52g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        private London collection

                                                        4265

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                                                          Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                          Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                          18th-19th century

                                                          overall approximate widest diameter: 6cm, weight: 46g

                                                          Provenance

                                                          private London collection

                                                          1984

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                                                            Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments

                                                            New Guinea
                                                            collected in 1859

                                                            maximum diameter of each: 7cm

                                                            Provenance

                                                            UK art market; private collection, UK.

                                                            2850

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                                                              Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace

                                                              Asante/Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa
                                                              early 20th century

                                                              length of pendant: 12.5cm, length of chain: 66cm, weight: 193g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              UK art market

                                                              3091

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                                                                Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

                                                                Nigeria
                                                                18th century

                                                                diameter: 19cm

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private collection, Isle of Wight, UK.

                                                                4222

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                                                                  Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

                                                                  Dogon People, Mali
                                                                  19th century

                                                                  length: 19.5cm

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  UK art market

                                                                  4279

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                                                                    Chief’s Bronze ‘Tiered’ Anklet with Bells

                                                                    Gio or Dan & Wee People, Liberia & Cote d’Ivoire
                                                                    19th century

                                                                    outside diameter: 11.5cm, inside diameter: 7.5cm x 8.5cm, height: 4.3cm, weight: 517g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    UK art market

                                                                    3933

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                                                                      Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

                                                                      Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                                                      19th-early 20th century

                                                                      height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.